One of my duties at my new parish is to monitor the parish bulletin. One of those sub-tasks is to check the publication of Mass intentions. I noticed that during Christian Unity Week, the pastor has listed a prayer for faith communities in our town, “Blessings on N. Church,” and the intention on February 22nd is Pope Francis.
I wonder how attuned other clergy are to such things as the bishop’s ordination anniversary, or other alignments with people and the liturgical calendar.
Sit in the purple chair and be a decider or influencer today: how much would you look for such things in a mash-up of a parish requests for intentions and the liturgical cycle?
Well, the orations for a liturgy already contain specific intentions, plus the general ones in the eucharistic prayer and Ordo. It would seem the linkage your post suggest would be apt more for certain universal/general intentions that are not already covered in the foregoing. Rather than just pray for the pope or bishop, pray for deeper unity and communion with, et cet. Avoid turning general intercessions into an indirect form of news bulletin or calendar; at least that’s not what they are supposed to be for, though I think its a common lapse because those things provide an easy hook to compose an intention around.